Scuba Diving in ASIA

The best scuba diving in Asia depends on purpose, time of year, and of course how much a challenge to get to. For example, few places in the world are as beginner friendly as Koh Tao, Thailand, which as one time was second in the world for PADI certifying new divers. If your trip is not all about diving, then a destination with other experiences and attractions, such as Borneo, may be the best choice.

ASIA TOP DIVE SPOTS  

1. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, PHILIPPINES ★★★★★

2. Raja Ampat, West Papua, INDONESIA ★★★★★

3. Similan Islands, THAILAND ★★★★★

4. Derawan Islands, BORNEO  ★★★

5. Sipadan, BORNEO ★★★★★

6. Koh Tao, THAILAND ★★★

7. Mergui Archipelago, MYANMAR ★★★★★

8. Komodo National Park, INDONESIA ★★★★

9. Kerama Islands, Okinawa, JAPAN ★★★★

★ = Quality

= Difficult

Travel Dates:

When to scuba dive in Asia chart

1. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, PHILIPPINES

Season: March to mid-June

Notes: 

  • Remote - Liveaboard

  • Highest Biodiversity in the Philippines

2. Raja Ampat, West Papua, INDONESIA


Season: October to May

Notes: 

  • Richest variety of marine life in Southeast Asia

  • Cuisine -


3. Similan Islands THAILAND


Season: National Park is open from mid-October through to mid-May.

Notes: 

  • Remote - Liveaboard


4. Derawan Islands, BORNEO


Season: March to October.

Notes: 

  • Southeast Asia's Best Kept Secret
  • Can dive nearby Sipadan (below)
  • Can combine with wildlife experiences

  • Cuisine poor


5. Sipadan, BORNEO


Season: April to December

Notes: 

  • Exclusive Access to Exceptional Marine Life
  • Can dive nearby Derawan (above)
  • Can combine with wildlife experiences

  • Cuisine poor


6. Koh Tao, THAILAND


Season: March to September

Notes: 

  • Reefs and stable waters around Koh Tao are ideal for new diver training

  • Cuisine ++

  • Top PADI professional outfitters training over 80,000 new divers per year


7. Mergui Archipelago, MYANMAR


Season: Late October and mid-May

Notes:

  • Remote - liveaboard

  • Advanced diving


8. Komodo National Park, INDONESIA


Season: March to October

Travel: Remote (six hours flight from Bangkok)

9. Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan

  • Off shore day trips
  • Limited window - summer months

Notes:

  • Advanced challenging diving in currents

  • Cuisine poor

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